"10 things about art" is a bit of an experiment - to see if I can write a briefer post about art on alternate Sundays. The idea is to write about fewer things but maybe say a bit more. It's looking pretty lengthy at the moment but I'm enjoying focusing in more depth on fewer subjects.
There are no posts from art blogs identified this week - see item 2 as to why!
- Google Reader will be retired on 1st July 2013
- You can export existing data and subscriptions via Google Takeout
- a petition has been started - and has collected 10,000 signatures - to keep Google Reader. To say that a lot of people are furious is probably an understatement!
- there are LOTS of articles examining the alternatives eg Lifehacker
- plus others are looking at the implications for life without Google Reader and how it alters the landscape of social media - see, for example What the Death of Google Reader Means for Your Feeds by Jonathan Bailey (Plagiarism Today)
- broadcasting the publication of a post on my blog(s)
- reading art blogs without having to visit each blog individually
- I'm continuing to manually post blog posts to my Facebook page - with a brief comment. (Don't use Networked Blogs for automated posting - Facebook will bury the post)
- I tried Bloglines (which is what I originally used) - however it's a complete waste of time. I do NOT recommend switching to Bloglines
- I'm currently trying Newsblur - for which I had to fork out $24p.a. for the premium service because I needed to transfer 554 feeds (!) most of which are to do with art.
|Screenshot of what Newsblur looks like|
Left pane: List of feeds in a folder
Middle pane: List of blog posts on one blog
Right pane: Text and images from the blog (with different options for what it looks like)
- So far, I've discovered:
- they have an incredibly easy method for transferring feeds from Google Reader - whizzbangwhallop - mine took about 2 minutes!
- it tells me which feeds are dead or dying on their feet. I'm afraid I've got a cull going on at the moment - I had no idea I had 554 feeds!
- I can organise the feeds into folders - which was the big attraction of newsblur over feedly as I already had very well developed folder system for feeds - and this was transferred across without problem. Feedly crosses platforms easily but doesn't seem to have the structure to cope with heavyweight feed usage and the need for a folder structure.
- I can look at folders, a list of posts and the actual content of an individual post all at the same time (see image). Heady stuff! This alone means I'm not going back to Google Reader even if I could. It also means I'm going to be expecting a lot from blog post titles to tell me what a post is about but twas ever thus!
- Plus I can tell which of my feeds are good at producing content (a number shows up to tell me how much unread material it has)
- The downside - I'm still looking for the search facility - which I used to use a lot in Google Reader and I haven't found it as yet. (I now have confirmation - there is no search facility - which is sad!)
- I get an associated blog of my own - makingamark.newsblur.com ! It's a bit like posting posts to Facebook - with a comment. Not sure whether I'm going to do it for every one - but so far I've shared two. Plus I can also share posts from other people as I come across them - much as I do on Facebook. So maybe this is like a Facebook page for non-Facebook people or an expanded Twitter?
- The message today from Newsblur was as follows
Welcome to all of you wonderful Google Reader expats! Please be patient while servers stabilize. Many new servers have been added and now the backend is being rewritten to support 10X growth in a single week.Do please leave comments about your experience with new alternative feedreaders this week
Why does Australia do such good art competitions?
I remember when I first went to Australia in 1997 my sister told me that art is taken seriously by the Aussies and the art competitions run by the Art Gallery of New South wales are taken VERY seriously. I went to see the Archibald while I was there and came away very impressed.
I've been noticing in the past few years that Australia has very good art competitions with some hefty prizes and excellent media coverage. Most impressive is the very strong cultural heritage and contemporary issues which come through in the art which is submitted. They really put the art competitions in this country to shame!
- Finalists for The Archibald Prize 2013 + The Packing Room Prize
- a post on the The Art of the Landscape tomorrow re The Wynne Prize 2013 for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.
- the winners are announced next Friday - see if you can pick a winner!
The USA has the largest art market again - in terms of value of sales at auction - regaining the accolade from China. See The Art Market: Top of the charts (Financial Times) and The TEFAF Art Market Report 2013 - The Global Art Market In 2012:
- the USA had 3% of the art market (up 4% on 2011)
- China dropped to 25% (from 30% in 2011) due to a major slowdown in the Chinese market
- and the UK had 23%
- however global sales contracted by 7% and the volume of transactions decreased by 4%
- the lower end of the art market demonstrated the weakest performance
- Post-War and Contemporary Art has a 43% share by value.
- Modern Art has 30%
- investors in art stuck to well known names who already had a presence in the top end of the market.
- a free paintout on June 22nd
- a free critique on June 29th
- both events top and tail a week long workshop in New Mexico with Kevin which is not free and is also aimed at those who would prefer to paint independently with demonstrations and critique available.
6. Art Exhibitions in the UK
- George Bellows (1882-1925): Modern American Life 16 March - 9 June 2013 in the Sackler Wing of The Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House
- Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries until 23rd March
- Royal Watercolour Society Spring Exhibition 2013 22 March - 20 April 2013 at the Bankside Gallery
- Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries Fri 5 - Thu 18 April 2013
- Women’s History Spotlight: Visual Arts on the Encyclopædia Britannica blog has a round-up of some influential women artists
- The University of Cambridge Museums had three events linked to Women on art, women in art
8. How taste in art changes
|Oil Paints - by Schminke, Charvin and Blockx|
in Green & Stone in Chelsea, London
I shall be developing a site with information about and linkages to more about the different brands - whether that's the company website., the colour chart or artist's reviews.
If you've reviewed the oil paint you've used do let me know!